James Ellis, MD

James Ellis, MDDr. Ellis specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, electrodiagnostic medicine and pain management. He is board certified. Dr. Ellis is dedicated to the outpatient management of musculoskeletal disorders, including neck and back pain, sports medicine, nerve injuries, nerve pain, occupational injuries and EMG. He is one of the most experienced electromyographys in the state of Michigan having performed over 25,000 EMGs. He is board certified in electrodiagnostic medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is also a member of the North American Spine Society. He is a clinical assistant professor at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Because of his leadership qualities, he has been elected to numerous professional committees and currently serves on the OAM operations and executive committees. He is passionate about treating patients in a holistic approach with an emphasis on nutrition, exercise and staying active.

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  • Medical – Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (East Lansing, Mich.), M.D., 1991
  • Undergraduate – Michigan State University (East Lansing, Mich.), Nutritional Science, 1987

Board Certification

  • American Board of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • National Board of Medical Examiners: Parts I, II, III


  • Residency – William Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1991-1995
  • Internship – William Beaumont Hospital (Royal Oak, Mich.), Preliminary Medicine, 1991- 1992

Certifications / Memberships

  • North American Spine Society
  • Fellow, American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Active Member of the following Academy Special Interest Groups: Sports Medicine
  • Industrial Rehabilitation, Pain Rehabilitation
  • Physiatric Association of Sports, Spine, and Occupational Rehabilitation
  • American Medical Association
  • Kent County Medical Society

Honors & Awards

  • Alpha Epsilon Delta – National Pre-Medicine Honor Society
  • Omicron Nu – National Human Ecology Honor Society
  • Michigan Competitive Scholarship
  • Michigan State University Awards for Excellence in Latin
  • Michigan State University Dean’s List